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A couple wearing protective face masks ride their bicycle in a deserted street before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew during the coronavirus. Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images

Several U.S. cities and European governments imposed new restrictions Wednesday to curb the spikes in COVID-19 cases, such as closing restaurants, bars and limiting social gatherings.

In the U.S.:

  • Illinois' governor banned indoor dining and drinking in Chicago.
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored residents not to travel out of state during the holiday season, noting that many other parts of the country have "skyrocketing levels of the coronavirus," the Washington Post reports.
  • Denver tightened its restaurant and social gathering restrictions as the state asked the city's schools to consider hybrid or all virtual learning.
  • El Paso announced a two-week shutdown of nonessential services starting Thursday as the city's hospitals hit capacity and medical workers are overwhelmed, according to the El Paso Times.

Internationally:

  • Austria announced a four-week nighttime curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants as coronavirus infections as another surge of new coronavirus infection
  • Greece announced that most of the country will resume a coronavirus lockdown starting Tuesday, including closing restaurants, bars, cafes, movie theaters and gyms.
  • Belgium is enforcing a strict lockdown starting Sunday amid rising coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and a surge of deaths.
  • France reached a record level of more than 50,000 new confirmed cases in a 24-hour period over the weekend. Non-essential businesses, including bars and restaurants, will close, while schools and factories will remain open.
  • Germany will close bars and restaurants nationwide for most of November.
  • Russia imposed a mask mandate Tuesday.
  • Belgium has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the EU, as the country debates imposing a new national lockdown.
  • Italy's restrictions on restaurants, gyms, pools and theaters in the Lombardy and Campania regions has been met with protests, per AP.
  • Portugal's government placed lockdown restrictions on most of the country, including to stay-at-home orders except for work, school or shopping. It order companies to switch to remote working, according to Reuters.

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Why it matters: Governors in states like North Dakota and Illinois have been warning about overburdened hospitals and limited beds for weeks.

Nov 23, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted late Sunday that he and his family are quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.

Details: Newsom said they learned Friday that three of his children had come into contact with a California Highway Patrol officer who tested positive for the coronavirus. "Thankfully, the entire family tested negative today," Newsom said.

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler's (R-Ga.) campaign announced Monday that she "looks forward to getting back out on the campaign trail" after testing negative for COVID-19 for a second time, following earlier conflicting results.

Why it matters: Loeffler has been campaigning at events ahead of a Jan. 5 runoff in elections that'll decide which party holds the Senate majority. Vice President Mike Pence was with her on Friday.